At the latest, Twitter stopped filtering misinformation about Covid-19 last week. The social network’s new CEO, Elon Musk, continues to shape the platform to align with his vision of free speech.
On Monday, November 28, Twitter users spotted addition In a platform report on covid misinformation adjustment: Starting November 23, Twitter’s anti-covid misinformation policy will no longer apply.
The social network has not officially announced the end of this policy, but the decision is not surprising since it is in line with the latest measuresElon MuskLike getting back the actor’s Twitter account last week Marjorie Taylor Green (the Republican Party). The latter was banned from the platform in January after spreading false information about covid-19.
In 2020, Twitter began flagging posts, removing content, and suspending accounts that contain misinformation about covid or any other post that “could put the public at greater risk of transmitting covid-19.”
Since January 2020, Twitter 97,674 content removed and 11,230 accounts suspended Under this policy, depending on the platform.
Many health professionals, such as Dr. Vivek Murthy (US Surgeon General), welcomed the move, and advised other social media platforms to take similar measures.
Elon Musk claimed that Twitter’s new policy was ” Freedom of expression but freedom of publication ”, explaining that the platform will not promote or demonize negative content and hate speech, but that users can only find offensive tweets if they “specifically search for them,” as they already are in the rest of the internet. Elon Musk himself has taken to Twitter on several occasions. To share questionable comments and criticize the handling of the pandemic.
Among the actions that the billionaire has taken recently since his accession to the head of the social network, we can also mention the return of blocked accounts, in particular that of Marjorie Taylor Green and other controversial users such as the former US president. Donald Trump. Since taking the reins of the social network, Elon Musk has been a string of controversies, with Twitter losing ad revenue while brands have suspended spending over concerns about the direction the platform has taken. On Monday, November 28, Elon Musk said that Apple threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store without giving a reason. Twitter laid off about half of its workforce earlier this month.
On Monday, November 28, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he would be posting what he described as “Twitter Files” regarding the suppression of free speech on the platform.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Carly Porterfield
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